Iowans are asking: Where is Chuck Grassley?

woodchuck in holeWhy Courts Matter Iowa asks Iowans to call the ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline at (515) 421-8997 due to Senator Grassley’s lack of events being held during the state work period, as well as rumors of numerous unpublicized private events.

IOWA — The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition today asked Iowans to aid and assist in finding the whereabouts of Senator Chuck Grassley. The coalition’s request for Iowans to call the ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline at 515-421-8997 is in reaction to the zero public events being held by the Senator during the first week of his state work period, the unusually low total of just 3 events in his 15 days working in the state, and widespread rumors of unpublicized events being held by the Senator in order to avoid his constituents.

“This week the Senator known for the ‘full Grassley’ appears to be running on empty,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa and Why Courts Iowa coalition member. “It’s disappointing that Senator Grassley is holding so few public events, instead choosing to have private gatherings and closed-door meetings. Iowans are frustrated with his obstruction of the Supreme Court, but he has always met us face to face to discuss the issues of the day, instead of playing hide and go seek.”

“We are calling on all Iowans to assist us in locating Senator Grassley, and inform us of any of his private events,” said Chris Schwartz, state director of Americans for Democratic Action Iowa and Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition member. “Iowans have a right to speak with their Senator, and we will publicize the details of any event we discover and confirm through our network across the state. We encourage Iowans of all political parties to join us in this effort, as responsiveness to constituents should not be a partisan issue.”

Why Courts Matter Iowa has established a ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline at 515-421-8997 for Iowans to call and relay details of any private events the Senator is holding during his state work period, as well as an email address:

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition is focused on ensuring that the federal judiciary is representative of America’s diverse population and ending the judicial vacancy crisis so that every American can have his or her day in court. Why Courts Matter Iowa is led by Iowa Citizen Action Network, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Progress Iowa, and One Iowa.

Have you seen Chuck Grassley?

Lately it’s like playing ‘Where’s Waldo’ with the Senator, while he’s playing games with the Supreme Court. Will you help us find him?

If you’ve heard where Grassley is holding meetings, call the ‘Where is Chuck’ Hotline at (515) 421-8997 or email

This week the Senate started their recess, and Grassley usually spends that time meeting with constituents. In fact he’s famous for it, as his 99 county tours have been called doing the ‘full Grassley.’

But this week, the full Grassley is running on empty: he doesn’t have a single public event on his calendar.

Not one.

So, where is Chuck?

The few events he is holding (just 3 during the 15 day recess) are in three of the most Republican counties in Iowa. He wanted to cherry pick his audience.

We’ve also heard a few rumors about other events. Instead of holding more public events, he’s having private events. And closed-door meetings. He’s scheduling ‘media availabilities’ … without notifying the media.

It’s almost as if he doesn’t want any attention. And it’s no surprise he wants to hide. Iowans have been speaking out in the tens of thousands, calling on Senator Grassley to stop his obstruction of the Supreme Court nominee. He’s using his powerful position as Chair of the Judiciary committee to block hearings, and his constituents are frustrated and disappointed that he won’t do his job.

We need your help. If you’ve heard the details of Grassley’s private events, or closed door meetings, let us know:

  1. Call the ‘Where is Chuck’ Hotline at (515) 421-8997.
  2. Email to fill us in on the details.

With your help, Senator Grassley won’t be able to run and hide for long!

Thanks for all you do,
Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa

P.S. This week Grassley has zero public meetings. Next week he’s publicly announced just three, on Monday and Tuesday in three of the most Republican counties in the state (we are the last people he hopes to see there!). If you can attend any of these events, click here to RSVP. And if you hear of any other private events, give us a call at (515) 421-8997 to let us know about it!

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